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Alice Porter | BrewDog

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BA SCORE
3.75/5
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148 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weighing in at 5.2% ABV, Alice Porter hides a huge complexity behind her modest strength. Roasty and smooth with fruity, rich coffee character. Alice Porter takes a sudden twist in an unexpected direction; a blend of hops that add a light, balancing citrusy twist and a subtle spiciness. Alice Porter is the first of our 2105 seasonal brews.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,775
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
148
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who the [email protected]#% is Alice?

A: Black with a tan head, no retention but it leaves a little leg.

S: Roasted/charred coffee, licorice, maraschino cherries, sponge toffee and cola.

T: Dr. Pepper without the sweetness. Licorice & caramelized raisins with some underlying coffee & sponge toffee. Good bitterness, alcohol is subtle. It's alright, but the flavours just don't seem to meld together here.

M: Very attenuated, moderate body has some roasted acidity and a very dry finish.

D/O: This is certainly drinkable, but for a Baltic porter it's barely above average.

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Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured pretty black even when held up to the light. Deep dirty brown head poured extremely tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to one finger coating.... some good rings of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted and roasted malts mixed with a good dose of dark chocolate, dried coffee beans, faint smoky notes, burnt butter, black treacle and dark brown sugar, alcohol notes coming through, sooty, leathery and earthy, plum and raisin fruitiness, faint pepperiness...

Taste - Dark chocolate and lots of rich dark fruits - mainly plum, dark cherry and dates, molasses sweetness coming through, espresso coffee, smoke traces, liquorice, lots of toasted / burnt bread notes, some milkiness, nice warming alcohol, light oaky notes

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... fairly full bodied.. pretty drinkable for 6.2%

Overall - A pretty good example of a Baltic Porter and a good solid brew from Brewdog..

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, murky brown with a slight red tinge. Transparent throughout, with fairly lacklustre head of big beige bubbles. Lace is alright, but not great. Looks decent, though.

Smells alright, a bit nutty and spicy with nutmeg, carob and a touch of marzipan. Quite on the sweet side with only an afterthought of roastiness. But it's OK.

Taste is a bit boozier, an underlying palate of roastiness and a mild touch of black pepper. Majority of palate is sweet and quite nutty, with some almond paste, chestnut and more carob. Aftertaste adds a touch of spice which is a bit more colour to add to a decent but otherwise uninspiring palate.

A bit thin, a bit dry, nothing really interesting on the texture.

Don't get much, apart from the fairly ballsy roasted malt, but then it's not a big Baltic porter flavour and nothing outstanding in Brewdog's oeuvre.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall thin 330ml bottle, best before 17 June 2012: poured into my 'Westvleteren' chalice on a cold, wet Sunday in March 2012.

The beer liked the glass, really dark body with a tan coloured head suited the chalice nicely: held up to a strong light source the beer showed a lovely deep ruby red hue.

The aroma is all about lightly burnt malts, as is the taste: roasted/toasted coffee/chocolate thoughts come to mind, unsweetened and more powerful in the mouth than the nose. The flavours are almost smooth and rich without being milky or creamy, just right sounds girly, but it is!

Only my 8th Baltic Porter since reviewing on BA, but this is one of the best so far. I'd also like to add I'm not a big fan of the way BrewDog 'do things' sometimes, but credit where credit is due: this beer is good.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from "Bières d'Ailleurs" and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark color, with tan foamy head (nice lacing)
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and chocolate flavors, leading to a dry and long bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Baltic Porter.

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Photo of deac83
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass. Purchased from Slowbeer.

Has one-finger of light-tan coloured foam that recedes fairly quickly. Has a pretty pure black appearance with just a touch of ruby around the edges.

Has a solid chocolate aroma, more dairy milk than dark or belgian. A little bit of raspberry there as well.

Flavour is chocolate, but not as pronounced as the aroma. Has a little bit of cocoa there that helps to balance it out a shade, rather than being pure chocolate.

Mouthfeel is chewy, a little thin at the front, but very smooth throughout. A little mixed on this front.

Overall a good beer, not overly true to style as a Baltic Porter, but a good porter nonetheless. Hard to score on the reviews as a result.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of northyorksammy I believe (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my small nonic.

Café noir colored body, possibly clear though too dark to discern capped by a lasting dense creamy head of delicate wheat colored foam. Excellent retention, thick cascading lacing.

Rich dark rye bread maltiness with a touch of raisin as well in the nose. Otherwise restrained.

Tremendous malt bomb of a palate entry with every variety of Baltic-state bread crust in full supply along with multiple tiers of toasty grain notes. Root beer, coffee, dark fruit, and vague cocoa powder emerge over time as well along with a gentle earthy bitterness for balance. Finishes malty yet relatively dry.

Rich vaguely tannic mouthfeel with even creamy carbonation. Big flavor and body for the comparatively low ABV.

A very good example of the style with a distinct English influence as well.

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Photo of bolerosanchez
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I brewed it and named it after my wife so yes I'm biased but what the hell...

Deep and dark with a reddish hue and decent viscous tannish head. Beguilingly fruity nose with darker tannic notes too.

The combination of Bramling X and Sorachi Ace brings a lovely counterbalance between forest type fruit and citrus. Some fresher hop notes become apparent on the palette along with some deeper full bodied dark malt.

The Sorachi lifts the whole thing as you go on and was included to give the porter an extra twang. There is a good long finish with complex notes of vanilla, more fruit and echoes of the rauch malt used (this becomes more apparent with age).

Best beer ever btw ;)

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A raisiny garnet-brown with creamy lumpy tan head that trails. Brown sugar, soil, cinnamon oil, smoke (cured meat?) and port barrel on a complex nose. Lingonberry and maybe plum, burnt toast and sticky toffee up front followed by kola spice and a touch of ash to end. Brandy finish and tight tingly linger. On the light side of medium, surprising fizz, very soft and creamy and some cling.

Manages to bring the sweetness of Baltic Porter without the sugary pitfalls of that style. The body is the difference between porter and stout. a.k.a. vanilla porter, I've read, but I'm not sure I see that except maybe as elements of other flavors.

Easy drinking (6.2% is invisible) top porter.

Edit: Brewdog blog says this is brewed with Bramling Cross (which could account for some berry notes) and Sorachi Ace - that comes as a real surprise. The only lemon I could see is peel as a component of cola and in the lingering oily tartness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Ok, I'll play your tawdry parlour games: Who the fuck is Alice? And what of Bob?

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with one chubby finger of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some streaky layered lace around the glass as it fairly quickly abates.

It smells of dark fruity malt, dry raisins, mild semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of Nordic licorice, a soft sour tang, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly roasted malt, a bit of bready caramel, an uptick in the creamy chocolate character, overripe plums, some very soft lactic sourness, and kind of zingy floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, y'know, generally frothy, with a bit of an initial kick, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth, with just a soupçon of creaminess. It finishes still bittersweet, tangy, and malty, the chocolate and sedated hops fighting for runner-up prizes.

Wow, a very enjoyable Baltic porter, with a wee bit of modernist tweaking. Big on flavour, admittedly tilted towards the sweet, but somehow 'balanced' all around - or perhaps that's just apologist-speak for when the beer just tastes really good. And the extra booze? Whereabouts unknown - I dunno, go ask Alice, even if she seems ten feet all.

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Photo of somestranger
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Testing this beer well chilled, poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pouring the beer into glass creates a thick foamy head. The color is black, with a slight redish copper tone to it if you look closely against a light. The foamy head shrinks normally fast but giving the glass a twirl creates a new foamy head immediately.

S: A deep robust smell of roasted malt at first, then comes the chocolate tones, and at last you can also feel a little sour wine-tone coming forward.

T: Contrary the strong smell of roasted malt i would have expected a loaded malt-bomb to go off, but no, the taste is very well balanced with great tones of roasted malt, chocolate. Then comes the hops giving you a little bitter and dry finish that is very pleasant. Almost perfect!

M: The carbonation is put to work here giving you a nice sizzling experience which i like a lot to start with. Then comes the malt together with the hops giving you that dry bitter feeling that stays for a while.

O: A very well balanced porter that got lots of carbonation to start with. Loaded with roasted malts that together with the hops creates a great taste and mouthfeel. What i really like about this porter is that it's not that thick and pretty fresh and easy to drink a couple of!

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Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Dundee BrewDog pub.
Opaque with mahogany highlights and a very good head.
Aroma: complex mix of chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, and baked bread, among other things.
The flavor is just as good and complex. It's also well balanced so that the numerous flavors intermix with fine dynamics. All 5.2% ABV is evident in the finish when a hint of brandy appears.
Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: Excellent! Maybe my favorite BrewDog so far.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted coffee, vanilla and dark sugar.
Similarly roasty flavours, but with quite a lot of underlying sweetness. The roasted malt seems be a bit full-on (not to mention plain), especially when you add in the fair whack of resinous hops and bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a little too full-on.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Most of the aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate, though there is a bit of coffee and earthy hop character. A touch of cardboard and a hint of fruit. The flavor is somewhat bland, but there is a decent amount of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. As with the aroma, some earthy hop notes, though no real bitterness. Nothing offensive, but nothing that makes me really care to drink it.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colour with a creamy, smooth, tan head. Good head retention.

Roasty and slightly sharp with an earthy note. Good.

Roasty with some sweetness and a nice fruity ester profile. Light caramel. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is a nice, strong porter. Good roasty flavour and the ester profile works for me. I like it.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours mahogany brown/black with beige head which does stick.

On the nose I get coffee, cola and dark fruits. Ok but not great.

Again getting the coffee and cola on the palate. A bit of dark chocolate as well.

Carbonation too high for me.

Average score right across the board from me for a very average beer. Disappointed.

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Photo of maxk
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a well chilled 330mL bottle into a snifter. The spot where it says "Batch" and "Best Before" is blank...

A: Dark brown with a sudsy, old parchment colored head. As the head settles, it leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate malt. There's a very subtle bit of hoppy citrus in the background, maybe grapefruit.

T: Sweet. Chocolate, caramelized sugar and roasted malts are the initial flavors. That gives way to more malt and a little bit of hop flavor. The hops ("two cross continental hop varieties" according to the bottle) remind me of what they use in their Hardcore IPA.

M: Decent body, could be a little bigger though. Well carbonated.

I'll admit that I'm not overly familiar with Baltic Porters, so keep that in mind. I do really like this beer. The pronounced sweetness giving way to subtle hops is very nice. With that said, it's not nearly as complex as the description on the bottle makes it out to be. Some BrewDog beers I have to take many sips of before I feel like I have a good sense of the flavor profile, but that's not the case here. Nonetheless, it's a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Graeme24
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 10/1/12

A dark brown with cola like edges when held to the light, long lasting mocha head leaves plenty of random lace

S nutty chocolate and raisin, some leafy and herbal hops with a little cherry and faint coffee, a little charred wood adds up for a great smelling beer

T a little more dark roasted malt and fruit but other then that its pretty close to the smell but a little toned down

m a little thin but enough bubbles to fluff it up, just a little sticky on the lips and a bit of a char aftertaste

O solid stuff overall, my only complaint is that it could use some more body but its still pretty far from watery

feels like a session beer but I suppose the 6.2% would catch up to you quicker then I'd care for. Fairly priced and well worth trying

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Photo of NightINgale
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Alice Porter from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 148 ratings